Start the conversation
This has many wondering why a SpaceX IPO hasn't happened yet.
After all, every other company he is involved with has gone public or has been swallowed up by another publicly traded company.
First in 1995, Musk and his brother Kimbal created Zip2, an online business directory and web-mapping service. Compaq Computer Corp. bought the service in 1999 for $307 million, which was then bought by Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) in 2002.
Then he founded X.com, the forerunner to PayPal. The online banking venture sold for $1.5 billion in 2002 to eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY). PayPal will split from eBay later this year and become its own public company.
As for companies that Musk is currently involved with, there's Tesla, which went public in 2010.
He's also chairman of SolarCity Corp. (Nasdaq: SCTY), the solar panel venture run by Musk's cousins, Lyndon and Peter Rive.
That leaves SpaceX, Musk's commercial space exploration company he hopes to one day use as a means to colonize space and make humans an interplanetary species.
The company is still private, and its budget books are hidden from the eyes of Wall Street.
Musk has had to absorb myriad criticisms for the financial troubles of Tesla. For most of its existence, the company has contended with the fact that it is largely unprofitable and a favorite target of short sellers.
Its doubters even included 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who called Tesla a "loser" on the campaign trail.
Musk isn't afraid to address his skeptics in a very public way. His aspirations of turning the automotive industry electric, or transforming the U.S. power grid to solar energy, have already been deemed ridiculous and unworkable by no shortage of detractors.
So, why not a SpaceX IPO?
In Ashlee Vance's recent book, Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, we get a glimpse into why investors can't yet buy SpaceX stock...
Why Hasn't There Been a SpaceX IPO?
Here Are 10 “One-Click” Ways to Earn 10% or Better on Your Money Every Quarter
Appreciation is great, but it’s possible to get even more out of the shares you own. A lot more: you can easily beat inflation and collect regular income to spare. There are no complicated trades to put on, no high-level options clearances necessary. In fact, you can do this with a couple of mouse clicks – passive income redefined. Click here for the report…